Monday, August 24, 2009
Obama's real problem: the total collapse of public trust in his Administration
Danger for the White House: Collapse of Public Trust
By Clark S. Judge, managing director, White House Writers Group and former Special Assistant and Speechwriter to President Reagan
Washington is abuzz over the latest pronouncement from Charlie Cook, celebrated editor of the Cook Political Report.
Last week, Mr. Cook announced in his online newsletter that polling data “confirm anecdotal evidence, and our own view, that the [political] situation this summer has slipped completely out of control for President Obama and Congressional Democrats.” Poll after poll, he noted, shows the President’s approval rating at levels that are astonishingly low, considering the newness of his administration and the immense victory he and his party won just ten months ago.
But Mr. Cook and this city are a step behind. The great danger for Team Obama is no longer dismal polling numbers. Washington is only now acknowledging what should have been evident for weeks, that the President’s continued championing of the deeply unpopular health care overhaul is dragging down opinion about him and how he is handling his job. No, the new, new danger is that Mr. Obama could be moving towards a much more profound setback – a collapse of public trust in his Administration.